February 18, 2011 at 10:00 PM | Posted in !Film reviews! | Leave a comment


Released: December 19, 1997
Running time: 194 minutes
Category: epic romance, disaster

With: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bernhard Hill, David Warner a.o.

In 1996, Brock Lovett and his team discover the shipwreck of the RMS Titanic, which sank in April 1912. They search for a precious necklace, the ‘Heart of the Ocean’, and they believe it is in the safe of passenger Caledon Hockley. Unfortunately, all they find in the safe is a drawing of a nude woman, dated April 14, 1912, the day Titanic sank. Rose Dawson Calvert, 100 years old, learns about their discoveries, and she and her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert contact Lovett. Visiting him on his selvage ship, she tells the truth: the woman in the picture is she and she is actually Rose DeWitt Bukater, a passenger on the RMS Titanic believed to have died in the sinking.

Rose recalls her memories about Titanic, to back when she was 17 years old. She was an upper class girl, engaged to 30 year old Caledon Hockley, whom she did not love. On board, she meets happy-go-lucky Jack, a poor 20 year old orphan boy from Wisconsin. Jack immediately falls in love with Rose. One night, when Rose is depressed about her life, she wants to commit suicide by throwing herself off of the stern. Right before she leaps, Jack saves her, and they develop a friendship. They keep in contact, and Rose finds herself falling in love with Jack. Their friendship becomes a secret and passionate relationship, effecting everyone around them. But they have to enjoy their time together, time grows short when an iceberg hits the ship…

If I have to pick one favorite movie of all time, this one would be it. Everything about it is simply perfect, from the moment Lovett discovers the drawing to Rose’s first recalled memories, from Jack and Rose’s first meeting to Jack’s death. The sets are breath-taking, the costumes beautiful (I loooove Rose’s dresses) and the story the best I have ever seen. Every actor contributed in a perfect way, they are all so believeable, even the extras. Multiple scenes made me cry, which is not hard to do because I cry easily, but usually it’s just a single tear. Now I was reaaaally crying because of everything that happened, not only the bad things, but also the lovely good things! I cried when Jack and Rose kissed for the first time on the bow of the ship (that typical Titanic kiss… *sighs*), but also when Rose had to go into one of the life boats but couldn’t, and finally jumped back onto the boat to remain with Jack. But the real sobbing began when Jack died. Never before have I been devestated by a character dying in a movie, not even when Bambi’s mother was shot! A movie that can make me so emotional and that is so compelling will have a special place in my heart forever. Yes, I’m praising this movie like heck, but apparently I have my reasons. There’s only one Titanic, and if there will ever be a remake, die. This. Is. PERFECT.



5 stars


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